UK astrologer Deborah Houlding has been instrumental in bringing traditional astrological techniques back to the forefront of modern day practice. She was the award-winning editor of the much respected Traditional Astrologer Magazine, founded in 1993 when she also established Ascella Publications to specialise in producing rare and out-of-print traditional astrological texts. Since the late 1980s she has been active in researching the astronomical and symbolic basis of the techniques used in the traditional art of western astrology, from its earliest roots to its contemporary extensions.
Deborah’s book The Houses: Temples of the Sky is regarded as an essential text for anyone seeking a truly informed knowledge of the development and use of astrological houses. It is available in translation in Czech, German (awaiting publication) and Italian. Her knowledge of the techniques of William Lilly and his contemporaries, enabled her to produce a richly annotated reproduction of Lilly’s voluminous 17th century classic Christian Astrology, acclaimed for the illuminating explanations that accompany the main body of the text. Volume I is now being serialised online under the title ‘An Annotated Lilly‘.
Deborah hosts and maintains Skyscript, one of the most popular and informative astrology sites on the web. She also leads her own School of Traditional Astrology (STA), which tutors astrologers to a professional level of horary practice by correspondence and residential workshops.
Deborah is a popular and highly sought-after speaker at astrological conferences all around the world. In 2010 she was awarded the Astrological Association of Great Britain’s Charles Harvey Award for Exceptional Service to Astrology. In 2011 she was made an Honorary Member of the Astrological Association of Romania, for “acknowledged sustained contributions to the promotion of astrology”. In 2012 she was honoured as the first recipient of the Jayavidya International Astrology Award instituted by the Cultural Association Jayavidya.
Newly expanded and updated, this absolutely excellent and very welcome addition to the booklist discusses the background of house systems and the meanings of the houses in the context of ancient, traditional and modern astrology. Brilliant book!